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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Quick action by the Carbondale Fire Department kept a small fire in the automotive shop at the Roaring Fork Valley Co-op from spreading early Monday morning.

Firefighters were called at 6:13 a.m. by an employee who reported smoke coming from the garage bay area at Rob’s Precision Auto. The business leases space in the Co-op building at 0760 Highway 133 in Carbondale.

Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach said incident commander Hank van Berlo was on scene within seven minutes, and the first fire engine was on scene two minutes later. Four fire trucks and 17 personnel responded to the fire call, he said.

Fuel pumps at the Co-op gas station were shut off, and the building was evacuated until 7:45 a.m., when it was determined that the fire had not spread and there was no other danger.

Leach said the fire originated from a heating element on an auto parts washer that appears to have malfunctioned, causing grease to catch fire.

Extensive smoke damage was reported throughout the building, but there was no damage from the fire itself, he said. No one was injured in the incident.

The Co-op supply store and gas station, as well as the auto shop, were allowed to reopen later Monday morning.

The Carbondale Police Department and Basalt Fire Department also responded to the incident.

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Authorities have not yet positively identified the man whose body was found lying in the roadway of Highway 133 at 3 a.m. on Saturday, and an investigation continues.

On Monday, Police Chief Gene Schilling issued a press release stating that a motorist reported coming upon an object in the roadway while driving southbound on the highway between Eighth Street and Weant Boulevard.

The motorist attempted to swerve to avoid the object, but couldn’t turn in time. The motorist “turned around to see what they had run over and found it to be a person,” Schilling said.

The motorist and vehicle passengers tried to resuscitate the man, who was unresponsive, and called 911.

Carbondale police and fire responded and found the person to be deceased. Schilling has described the man as a Latino who appeared to be in his 20s.

Colorado State Patrol, Garfield County Sheriff, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and the Garfield County Coroner responded to assist in the investigation.

Alcohol did not appear to be a factor with the driver of the vehicle. Carbondale Police are awaiting toxicology reports on the victim.

Anyone with information about the man or the incident is asked to contact the Carbondale Police Department at 963-2662.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – An Aspen man who threatened several people at gunpoint last December in Carbondale, and then holed up overnight there in a residence, has been sentenced to 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

James Patrick Hageland, 43, pleaded guilty in July to a count of first-degree burglary involving a deadly weapon, a class three felony, and two counts of felony menacing.

He was sentenced Sept. 15 at a hearing in Garfield District Court.

The night of Dec. 12, 2010, Hageland reportedly entered a house in the Cleveland Place subdivision carrying a handgun and pointing it at several people who were inside. He eventually allowed everyone but his ex-girlfriend to leave and attempted to hold her hostage. She was able to escape when police arrived, according to reports.

Hageland was eventually taken into custody early the next morning after a several-hour standoff, when police officers were able to talk him into surrendering peacefully.

“It was a just result for a very serious crime,” said Deputy 9th District Attorney Andrea Bryan. The DA’s office had requested a 12-year prison sentence, while Hageland’s public defender had asked for 10 years.

Hageland had been in the Garfield County Jail on $500,000 bond since shortly after his arrest. The bond amount was increased from $17,500 initially after the main victim testified that Hageland posed a threat to her well-being.

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